Mike Pence sightings have been few and far between since the end of the Trump Presidency.
And his future plans seemed pretty set.
But Mike Pence came out of hiding and made the once announcement about his future no one saw coming.
Out of nowhere, former Vice President Mike Pence has thrown a bit of a wrench into the Republican Presidential Primary landscape.
In fact, he sounds like a man who’s preparing to run, no matter who else may enter the race.
During a recent interview with Fox News, Vice President Pence seemed to try to begin to lay the foundation for a campaign against President Joe Biden by ripping both his foreign and domestic policy strategies to shreds.
“At a time when we have inflation at a 40-year-high, gasoline prices more than doubled since we left office, a crisis at our southern border, war in Eastern Europe, a disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, maybe this just comes from living back in Indiana again, but, those are the things I’m focused on, and frankly, those are the things people talk to me about everywhere,” Pence said. “The issues that are bearing upon the American people are, as is often the case, not what Washington is focused on.”
As a veteran politician, Pence did his best to avoid talk of a 2024 Presidential campaign.
He claimed his sole focus, as of now, was on the 2022 Midterms and helping Republicans win back majorities in both the U.S. House and Senate.
“I think whatever success that we’ve had, it’s been by focusing on the work at hand, focusing on the job in front of us, and then, opportunities have come,” Pence explained. “First things first — we need to win the Midterm elections, we need to elect and re-elect Republican Governors around the country — and I put equal importance on those two things — winning the Congress and winning the State Houses is of equal importance.”
But even if Pence wants to focus on the Midterms, he’s obviously becoming more active recently, leading many to believe he could run in 2024.
For his part, he’s certainly not ruling anything out at the moment.
“Karen and I will do what we’ve always done — we’ll take time to pray about it, we’ll seek counsel of trusted friends and advisors, and we’ll go where we’re called,” the former Vice President said.
A Pence run would inevitably cause fireworks, though, as the major elephants in the Republican Presidential Primary are, of course, Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis.
And as most everyone should know by now, there is no love lost between Trump and Pence.
Whether or not Pence would want to subject himself to being absolutely destroyed by Donald Trump at every turn – not just at the ballot box, if polls are to be believed – but also on the campaign trail, remains to be seen.
But at least for now, Pence is certainly acting like someone who might want to go a round or two with Trump.
“One thing I’ll tell you is that I won’t let anybody else make that decision for me,” Pence concluded.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.